Bromodeoxyuridine and light treatment enhances responsiveness of pokeweed mitogen-stimulated human lymphocytes to autologous and allogeneic determinants

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  • We have investigated a novel system whereby lymphocytes from normal human subjects can be induced to develop exaggerated reactivity to histocompatibility antigens in vitro. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) stimulated with pokeweed mitogen (PWM) showed increased and accelerated subsequent proliferation to both autologous and allogeneic stimulators. Addition of bromodeoxyuridine (BUdR) during the period of maximal PWM-induced DNA synthesis followed by light exposure caused unexpected, but marked enhancement of this secondary proliferation. While untreated cultures contained a preponderance of T8+ cells after PWM activation, BUdR plus light-treated cultures were largely T4+ cells. Because removal of suppressor cells in nonsuicided cultures with anti-T8 and complement just before restimulation failed to unmask enhanced autoreactivity, events critical in the induction of the enhanced response must have occurred during priming. Cultures of PBMC with medium alone or concanavalin A, as well as purified T cells cultured with PWM, gave no enhanced autoproliferation after BUdR and light; thus T and non-T cells must be acted on by a T- and B-cell mitogenic stimulus to prime T cells for enhanced responsiveness. The interactions between T cells and activated B cells in this in vitro system may be relevant to regulatory mechanisms important in the induction of pathological autoimmune responses. © 1982.
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  • Puck JM; Abramson SL; Rich RR
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  • 102
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  • 112
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  • 72
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  • 1